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“One Vision, One Voice: Empowering the Leaders of Today for Tomorrow!”

Happy New Year!

As we begin 2018, I would like to extend a warm Thank you for all that you do to support us in the most important work that we do educating our children. It is our privilege to serve you. May the new year be filled with Peace and Prosperity.

Your Partner in Education,
Heather Foster-Mann

Kindergarten Registration

All Pre-K students and other families interested in applying to Kindergarten at PS 133 must
complete the Kindergarten application by– January 12th. One of the missions of PS 133, is to
become a more diverse school community. You can help us in this endeavor by sharing the love
about PS 133 during our Kindergarten and Pre-K registration period. We are recruiting families who
are English Language Learners as well as those who may qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch.
We now have bussing from areas in District 15, please be sure to spread the word.
The application can be obtained online at You can also
apply over the phone by calling Kindergarten Connect Team at (718) 935-2400, or apply in person
at a Family Welcome Center.

Gifted and Talented Testing

Families in grades K-2 who completed the Request for Testing Form will be tested by Ms. Williams-
Credle, Ms. Rabsatt, or Ms. PetersonRuffin during the month of January. Letters with specific dates
and times will be forthcoming. Testing will begin the week of January 8th. Pre-K families will
receive their testing dates directly from the DOE.

Mid-year Computer-based Assessments

Please note that Mid-year Computer-based Assessments will take place for all students in Grades 3-
5 between January 10th and the 26th for ELA and Mathematics. Additionally, selected students in
Grades 3-5 will be invited to one of our Academic After School Programs. This will begin on
January 10th. Additionally, BOKs will continue for a new cohort of students, and we have added
Coding Club on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. All of these require students to sign up in
advance and retain a regular attendance in order to attend. Permission slips were sent home.
Please see Mr. Blatt or Mr. Ratner if you’re interested and did not receive a permission slip.

Progress Report

On January 26th, you will receive a Progress Report from your child’s teacher that gives a brief overview
of how students are doing since the last report card. Our goal is to meet with you if your child is in
jeopardy of not meeting the promotional criteria for his /her grade. You will receive a letter that indicates
the area of concern and some of the intervention measures that we are taking to support your child(ren).
If you receive a letter, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher. This is the time of year
when we do a formal check-in using an assessment tool to determine if students are on target for
meeting end of grade promotional standards.

Emergency Contact

We are updating our email and phone contact information. Please reach out to Mr. Dickerson or Ms.
Robinson to provide them with your most updated contact information, or stop by the main office
and complete a new blue card. This is important!

Book of the Month


Through its use of colors as characters, this simple book teaches a powerful message about friendship, bullying, and courage.

In this story, we are introduced to Blue who is bullied by mean Red. The number One stands up for Blue and everyone learns a lesson about standing up for what is right.

As we continue to build character in our school community, let’s encourage our leaders to be courageous and understand that sometimes it takes just “One”!

Our Bully Prevention Pledge

As a leader of 133 and a student against bullying, I pledge to:

  1. Speak out when I see bullying
  2. Reach out to others who are bullied
  3. Be a friend whenever I see bullying

Shoutouts To…

A Letter from Allison Monroe at UNICEF “A huge “Thank you” to the P.S. 133 PTA. Brooklyn for Peace is thrilled to report that your students collected $754.65 for UNICEF this year!

We also need to thank the administration, faculty, and staff. But most of all we thank the students of P.S. 133. The bulk of the money that children through the USA collected for UNICEF this Halloween went to the children of Puerto Rico. UNICEF is building temporary schools and medical clinics, hiring teachers and nurses to work in them, providing clean water, food, and shelter.

The students of P.S. 133 are wonderful global citizens. They understand that children in faraway places are just as smart and as funny as they are. And, that sometimes and somewhere these children need our help. The hard-working students of P.S. 133 pitched in. The children of Puerto Rico say to the pupils of P.S. 133, “Gracias” and send their “bendiciones” and wishes of “felicidad”.

Upcoming Events

Kids Orbit Show — 1/8 4:30 pm

Picture Retake Day — 1/19

Pre-K Assembly — 1/23 8:45 am

Playlab Showcase — 1/26 5 pm


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